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Jamie Oliver Pulls Restaurant and Cookery School Out of Russia in Response to Invasion of Ukraine

One of his last remaining Jamie’s Italian restaurants will abandon its franchise partnership

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Jamie Oliver on a black stage with WE in purple lettering
Jamie Oliver on stage in London.
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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group is scrapping its decade-old Jamie’s Italian in the heart of Moscow, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Oliver’s group has ordered franchise partner Ginza to shut down all social media and remove all branding from the restaurant, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The move will also see a Jamie Oliver cookery school in the city close, as other restaurant groups small and large exit the country’s markets. McDonald’s, KFC, and other large fast food chains have all suspended sales in recent days.

In London, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars continue to support charitable initiatives in Ukraine, either through events or donations attached to bills.

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